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A week of not being able to eat

derrygeel1 stone

I've had a dose over the last week. And I've hardly eaten. I'd look at food and go "Eughh". And I do love food.

I've been eating much less than 1000 calories a week. Guess what? I lost no weight. In fact I gained it. Now that I've forced myself to eat a bit more the weight is coming off.

Very strange.

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Not strange at all, derrygeel. Under eating is not a help to weight loss. This gives a good explanation healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh... Good to hear you are feeling better and can eat well again :)

As you haven't been here for a while, I'll give the link to Pinned Posts healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh... where you'll find the weigh in, Daily Diary and all our other activities. I hope you'll join in; you'll find great support and information.

All the best :)

derrygeel1 stone in reply to BridgeGirl

Thanks BridgeGirl.

BridgeGirlAdministrator in reply to derrygeel

I hope that post makes sense about why eating more can help you lose weight :)

derrygeel1 stone in reply to BridgeGirl

A bit. I've a vague memory of reading of some research done by Americans during the war where they had to eat more to lose weight. It still feels odd.

BridgeGirlAdministrator in reply to derrygeel

That's because so much of the message about weight loss is about calories and restriction, when we need to be paying more attention to hormones - insulin and it's friends - and metabolism.

Have a look at this week's post from TeamAdmin, DIET MYTH Eat less, move more. There's some good reading and viewing there and it's worth investing the time. You'll find it in Topics under Diet myths

Despite what bridgegirl says, your basal metabolic rate will not have dropped below 200kcal/day. It takes about 1000kcal/day just to keep you warm. Unless you cooled to room temperature, you will have kept burning more calories than you ate. You will have lost fat and probably some muscle. Physics cannot be denied.

If you have gained weight while eating virtually nothing, then you are retaining water. Not surprising if you have been bedridden or at least pretty immobile.

Whether or not you eventually see a loss on the scale depends on how much you eat during the period while your body is shedding the water weight. I once rode 1200km in 100 hours while not being able to eat enough to cover the calories I was burning. At the end of the ride I was 5kg heavier than at the start. But I could see where that weight was: my fingers were like sausages, and my ankles had disappeared into a fat tube where my calves had been. I looked like I had heart failure. Oedema is a common side effect from long distance cycling, many other riders looked the same or worse. By the time the oedema had cleared, I had my appetite back and more, and I weighed 500g heavier than I did before my adventure.

derrygeel1 stone in reply to Subtle_badger

And you were 500g heavier because..... you gained muscle?

Sammiseal3 stone in reply to derrygeel

I don't think it's possible to gain muscle unless you eat more protein and lift weights.

Subtle_badger20kg in reply to Sammiseal

Cycle from London to Edinburgh in 2 days, and let me know if you build any muscle. I probably didn't, but I don't think it's impossible.


Sammiseal3 stone in reply to Subtle_badger

I honestly dint mean any offence Badger and that achievement is truly awesome!!! But I think cardio just burns fat and tones muscle rather than making muscles bigger. Just mho 🙂

Subtle_badger20kg in reply to derrygeel

Who knows? 500g is two cups of coffee. Could have been blood plasma volume, muscle glycogen, fat, muscle, digestive system contents etc etc. Human fluctuate by more than 500g day to day.

How are you feeling? better?

rubyvirk2020 May

that's good!

Sammiseal3 stone

Glad you've found what works for you! 😊

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